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Gambling in the Granite State

Casinos back on tap at the State House

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lawmakers who eight months ago rejected a casino in New Hampshire by 35 votes are poised to have the debate again this year. But for the first time, one of the four bills that would expand gambling comes with the rigorous regulations detractors have complained were missing. Rep. Richard Ames, a Jaffrey Democrat who led the bipartisan Gaming Regulatory Oversight …

Casino panel considering tightening rules on charitable gambling

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Legislators may end up considering two kinds of gambling bills in January: one with rules for a potential casino and another with tighter regulations on the widespread, state-sanctioned gambling already here. Charitable gambling, which allows charities to raise money through table games, bingo and Lucky 7 tickets, earned 300 charities $13.6 million last year, according to the state Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission. …

New Hampshire bill would revive casino study

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lawmakers will decide tomorrow whether to take a second crack at writing regulations for a casino should one – or more – be proposed again. The trailer bill accompanying the state budget, due for a vote tomorrow, includes the creation of a Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority to study regulations of existing and expanded gambling. The authority would have until Dec. 15 to write …

More than 60 people weigh in on casino bill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clearly frustrated, Merrianne McDonald of Salem was blunt with House members when she testified in favor of casino legislation yesterday: If a casino in New Hampshire has support from large numbers of police officers and 63 percent of …

While lawmakers debate, many Salem residents ready to welcome casino

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The debate over legalizing a casino in New Hampshire is largely being waged inside the State House with a focus on the morality of gambling and financial stability of the casino industry. In Salem, the town that’s worked …

New anti-gambling group Casino Free New Hampshire joins debate

Thursday, April 11, 2013

There’s a new anti-casino group in New Hampshire, this one made up of mostly Democrats who back Gov. Maggie Hassan’s increased spending on education and mental health care but vehemently oppose her reliance on casino money. Called Casino Free New Hampshire, the nonprofit says it will join the …

How would a N.H. casino stack up against New England competition?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mention casinos around these parts and two come to mind: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, both 140 miles away in Connecticut. But there are four others, in Maine and Rhode Island, with three on the way in Massachusetts.

And …

Latest casino bill bans political contributions and sets other limits

Sunday, March 31, 2013

In Pennsylvania, public officials, party leaders and their immediate family members are prohibited by law from having a financial interest in a casino or working for one. In New Jersey, it’s illegal for casino owners and their principal …

Charities concerned casino will hurt their fundraising

Sunday, March 24, 2013

When lawmakers take up the state Senate’s casino bill next month, they’ll get push-back from more than police chiefs, churches and budget hawks doubtful about a casino’s promised windfall. Charities, fearing a hit to their fundraising, are readying …

House vote to kill casino bill may reveal nothing

Friday, March 22, 2013

House members soundly defeated the first of two casino proposals they’ll consider this year, voting 249-65 against a bill that would have allowed two casinos, one in the White Mountains, the other on the Massachusetts border. They also tabled a bill, 170-160, calling for six slot parlors, each …

Casino foes make pitch to House members

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A longtime House Democrat yesterday urged her colleagues to resist Gov. Maggie Hassan’s sales pitch that a casino is the only way to increase support for higher education and developmental and mental health care. “That is not how the budget works,” said Rep. Marjorie Smith of Durham, who …

House budget writers not counting on casino revenue

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The governor and state Senate may already have plans for the $80 million attached to the casino bill senators passed last week, but that revenue isn’t likely to be in the House budget coming this month. Several House …

Senate passes casino bill, 16-8

Friday, March 15, 2013

A casino bill that Gov. Maggie Hassan needs for her proposed budget overwhelmingly passed the state Senate yesterday, thanks in large part to Democrats who said turning down casino revenue would be immoral if that money could restore funds for education, roads and care for the mentally ill. …

Casino bill has the governor but not everyone

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The latest bill that would legalize a casino in the state may finally have the governor’s support, but it remains unpopular with those opposed to any casinos and those who object to having just one. Nearly 20 people …

Governor’s proposed budget relies heavily on $80 million from casino

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s ambitious plan for “rebuilding” New Hampshire, especially its universities and mental health services, depends heavily on the Legislature changing course and legalizing a casino. Hassan unveiled a budget yesterday that anticipates a single high-end casino that would pay the state $80 million for a license …